Grand Marshal of Talladega Alexander Skarsgård: ‘excited and honoured’ for his role in starting the race | Free
TALLADEGA — Emmy Award-winning actor Alexander Skarsgård will serve as the grand marshal for this afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500, and he got his first look at the track this morning.
He called it “overwhelming”.
“I’ve only seen it on TV,” he said. “You don’t realize how big it is when you see it on TV. Massive, incredibly steep. You can’t really tell on TV how steep it is. When you get up close and see it , it’s really overwhelming.”
Skarsgård is best known for his appearances in “True Blood” and “Big Little Lies”. He said he was on a three-week tour to promote his latest film, ‘The Northman’, which he described as an “epic, viking, adventure, revenge story”. He added that it is partly based on a Danish tale, “Amleth,” which is a precursor to “Hamlet.” Originally from Sweden, Skarsgård said he always wanted to be in a Viking movie.
“The film is essentially the cinematic version of Talladega: two hours and twenty minutes of pure adrenaline,” he said.
His trip to Talladega is the last obligation of the tour. He will give the order “Gentlemen, start your engines” to start the race.
He brought along a friend, 30 Rock actor Jack McBrayer. McBrayer also had a small role in the racing movie “Talladega Nights.”
“I’m excited and honoured,” Skarsgård said with a big smile. “I’ve never been in a NASCAR race before. It’s a big, biggest one. Exciting. I brought my buddy, Jack McBrayer, who’s actually in ‘Talladega Nights’ because I don’t know a lot at NASCAR, so I thought I’d bring in someone who played an auto mechanic in the movie.”
After pointing out McBrayer at the back of the room, Skarsgård joked: “Then it turns out that Jack is an actor, not an auto mechanic, and he knows absolutely nothing about NASCAR. I haven’t gotten a lot of feedback. help from him.”
Skarsgård said he heard about the usual fun on the track in the days leading up to the Cup Series race.
“I wish I could have come here on Tuesday or Wednesday and hang out, because it seems like a good party all week,” he said. “We’re going to try to make it up to today and have as much fun as possible.”